Birka Timeline

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  • c. 750 - c. 800
    The presumed founding of the important Viking trading center of Birka in Sweden.
  • c. 790 - c. 1100
  • c. 829 - c. 831
    The Frankish missionary St. Ansgar (801-865 CE) first introduces the Swedes to Christianity in the Viking trading town of Birka.
  • c. 950
    The Viking trading center of Birka in present-day Sweden goes into abrupt decline around the mid-10th century CE.
  • 1993
    UNESCO declares the Viking trading center of Birka in present-day Sweden a World Heritage Site, together with the neighboring site of Hovgården.